Progesterone occurs naturally in the human body in varying levels, increasing dramatically during puberty. Throughout a woman's childbearing years, progesterone levels rise and fall with her monthly menstrual cycle, but as she approaches menopause, her body produces wildly fluctuating levels of progesterone, often causing mood swings, heart palpitations and hot flashes. Many women seek additional sources of progesterone during this time to supplement their own production and to relieve the symptoms of meno
Things You'll Need:
* Wild yams Herbal teas Spices Soy products Clover sprouts Borrage Natural progesterone cream
Purchase wild yams, also known as Mexican yams, at an organic health food store and use them as you would traditional yams. All yams have some naturally occurring progesterone but wild yams contain more of the hormone than any other natural food source. The progesterone found in wild yams absorbs readily into the body. Try steaming wild yams or dicing the raw vegetable into salads instead of boiling or baking to retain more of the natural hormone.
Find natural progesterone in herbal teas that you can drink on a daily basis to alleviate the physical symptoms from fluctuating levels of progesterone in your body. Black Cohosh, Dong Quai, Gotu Kola and Red Raspberry leaf are among the natural herbs that you can prepare for a cup of tea. Make your own combination or purchase a custom blend. (See Resources)
Spice up your cooking with natural sources of progesterone. Caraway, fennel seed, dill weed and flaxseed all offer small amounts of natural progesterone that when added to your daily diet will increase your body's progesterone level. Although these sources contain only small amounts of the hormone, but when used on a regular basis, they offer a gentle natural source to regulate your own progesterone production.
Buy soy-based foods at your local grocery store. The popularity of soy as a healthy part of a natural diet is evident in the growing number of products available to the consumer. Soy versions of traditional dairy and meat products, such as bacon, hotdogs, meat patties and cheese, are available at most grocery stores. Read the label, however, because not all soy-based products are low fat or low in sodium. (See Resources)
Add clover sprouts to your salads and sandwiches and feast on pomegranate seeds when you want a tasty way to increase natural progesterone in your diet. Dates and borrage round out your natural food sources for progesterone. Alter your diet by adding these items until you find relief from your symptoms.
Purchase natural creams with varying levels of progesterone when you experience the symptoms of approaching menopause. These over-the-counter creams are often effective when used as directed. (See Resources)
Consult your physician before starting a natural progesterone-replacement program. Do not use natural progesterone supplements or teas during pregnancy.
on 2/7/2010 This article is full of false information regarding wild yam and other sources of progesterone. The picture isn't even Dioscorea villosa! You can't eat wild yams like any other yam, and progesterone is not found naturally in them. It requires many chemical conversions in a lab before it is biologically active progesterone. Better do some research and resubmit this one.
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